Childhood: Children, play and independent mobility – Talk the Walk

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Date(s) - 09/09/2009
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Play England


Presentations to be made on the evening include:

Bhupinder Bhoday – from the Department of Children Schools and Families

Ashley Blackmore – leading a new generation to view ‘foot power’ as their primary means of transport; creating lasting change in health, the environment and local communities

Ross Butcher – Transport for London Regional School Travel Adviser

Andrew Combes – SW Regional School Travel Adviser, Department for Transport / Department of Children, Schools & Families

Des de Moor – The Ramblers on the Walk4Life pilot for children and families walking in Barrow and their Trail Tales material

Nigel Dotchin – Head of Equalities Policy, Regional and Local Strategy at the Department for Transport

Liz Hoehnke – CABE Space and Young Spaceshaper.

Mayer Hillman – Senior Fellow Emiritus, Policy Studies Institute

Ann Kenrick OBE – Author of Let me out! How to enjoy the school run.

Liz Kessler – Open Space strategist, EC1 New Deal, who will talk about playspaces in south Islington

Rod King – Campaign Director, 20 is plenty for us.

Louise Lord – from the Sustainable Development Commission will talk about Every Child’s Future Matters

Roger Mackett – Professor of Transport Studies, University College London

Katherine Rooney – Senior Project Officer, Sustrans’ Liveable Neighbourhoods

Andrew Stuck – will talk about Dorset Induction walkabout, an initiative to support any transition process


Liz Warren from the Sustainable Development Commission who is unable to attend the event would like participants to contribute  to the Department of Children Schools and Families consultation on carbon management in schools. It’s available at  and features ideas and consultation questions around sustainable school travel.

Rod King who is speaking at the event is campaign manager for 20’s Plenty for Us – check out their manifesto here.


Those who took part at the event.

Andrew Combes has sent this comment and link: “Its not just the ASBO kids that get tags nowadays!:

View Tim Gill on children’s roaming range on this video:

Robert Huxford has spotted this piece in the Daily Mail – an extract from a soon to be published book on Family Life in Britain:

Healthy Communities Research Forum on Young People and Green Space (from University of the West of England)

Louise Lord at the Sustainable Development Commission has recommended a Ramblers and Action on Children Children and Families Walking initiative.

Talk the Walk: Networking events for people promoting vibrant walkable neighbourhoods.

The format of a Talk the Walk event is fairly straightforward:

  • Meet up, and go on a walk
  • Mix and Mingle
  • Listen to a 3-5 minute presentation – up to 16 at any event – (let us know if you have something you want to talk about).
  • Ask questions – Share ideas – Create an action plan

Talk the Walk offers any participant the opportunity to speak to the whole group. The more speakers there are the less time each is given to speak.

Each Talk the Walk has a definite theme; themes have included: physical activity; emotional well-being and public space; animating public space; workplace health, retrofitting for walking; and children, play and independent mobility.

Bringing professionals from different fields together to promote walking is key to Talk the Walk, and in trying to achieve this and to keep costs to a minimum we have co-hosted Talk the Walks, with the Urban Design Group at the Arts Council, with Groundwork London, with Play England, with the London Borough of Bromley and with NHS Greenwich.  We are always keen to hear from other organisations that can offer us a venue that accommodates 40 people.

You can read about previous Talk the Walks on this wiki and find out what participants think about them.

Go to Get in Touch page to register your interest in a Talk the Walk or other Talkshops we offer form.